Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Help, I’m Transgenerational! I’m a 23-year old, trapped in the body of a 63-year old!

Most people by now know what is a Transgender person. But there is no awareness of Transgenerational people!!

  • Why does this old man want to talk to that 20-year old? It must be a dirty old man. Why doesn’t he just sit and smoke something and look dazed? Something must be wrong with him. Better watch him.
  • Look how happy that old man looks – he most probably forgot to take his medication this morning. Terrible to see how old people are abandoned and must look after themselves, even when obviously they can’t anymore. Better keep an eye on him.
  • You want to know if bus 5 just passed? Where do you need to go? Are you OK? Shall I hold your hand? You only want to know if bus 5 just passed? Why?

Everything I do and say is immediately translated by all people around me as if I’m a run-down imbecile.

So I went to my family doctor.

Help doc, I’m trapped in the body of a 63-year old! I want an operation so that I can become my true self again. So that people will start relating to me for what I am.

But my health fund does not want to pay for it. They even told me that such an operation is not covered in any country in the world. That it even cannot be done.

What, I exclaimed, they can change men into women and women into men but they can’t change me into a 23-year old? I changed me from a 23-year old into a 63-year old without any operation! I even have pictures from then, so that they can see what I should look like.

I had no one to talk to. What do I do now?

Actually, it is the opposite of 40 years ago. Then I was a 63-year old trapped in a 23-year old body! And no one helped me!

  • Then, when I wanted to play with a baby, you saw people think: he must be a pervert that he’s interested in babies from someone else. Watch him.

Now, when I smile at a baby or talk to a small child, people are “charmed” that “grandpa” likes them. Say goodbye to the old man.

  • Then, when I said something wise, everyone was shocked. Can’t we just have fun telling each other nonsense? Why does he need to spoil it by being so serious? He should get some treatment.

Now, when I innocently say something wise to a fellow 23-year old, everyone looks like, why doesn’t he let him find out what life will teach him without preaching at him?

However, one day a year, all age-inappropriate actions and interaction are no problem. Purim. At least then, no one looks themselves.

This year I’ll dress up as a 63-year old. I’m sure no one will recognize me.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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